RR vs PBKS: Sanju Samson’s brilliant 119, which is the highest by the debutant captain in the history of the IPL turned futile as Rajasthan Royals suffered a narrow four-run defeat against Punjab Kings in their opening IPL 2021 fixture at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.
Chasing a 221-run total in Mumbai, Royals got off to a shaky start after losing Ben Stokes for a duck. They were also jolted with the departure of Manan Vohra (12) and Jos Buttler (25) by the end of eighth over.
Samson, however, single-handedly kept Royals in the game by slamming a ton in his first appearance as the captain of the franchise. He was also briefly joined by all-rounders Shivam Dube and Riyan Parag, who hit cameos of 23 and 25 respectively.
With 13 required off the last over, a win for Royals would’ve been the cherry on the cake for the debutant captain. However, Arshdeep Singh’s kept his nerves to deny Royals a win. Samson, with every shot in his book, got out while trying to clear the rope on the last delivery when his side needed five runs to win.
Blue Layer On Ball Spotted; Commentators & Fans Looked Confused
During Rajasthan Royals’ innings when skipper Sanju Samson was smashing the ball all around the ground, a mysterious blue layer was spotted sticking to the ball. However, it only caught attention during replays for a review call when Samson was declared out by umpire Anil Chaudhary before the call was overturned.
After this blue strip spotted on the ball, fans and commentator looked curious to know what exactly it is.
However, the analysts on Select Dugout speculated that it could have been paint from the advertising board or ropes when Jos Buttler had hit a six. While there has been no confirmation about the same and there probably never will be, the aforesaid seems like the most plausible reason.
Earlier, after being put in to bat, KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda decimated the RR bowling unit with their brilliant stroke-play. Rahul smashed seven fours and five sixes in his 50-ball 91 but eventually missed his another IPL century by just 9 runs. Deepak Hooda also joined the party by hammering six maximums and a four to end up scoring 64 off 27 deliveries.